Mary McCray is the author of St. Lou Haiku from Timberline Press and co-creator of the web-zine Ape Culture. She also blogs about pop culture as Cher Scholar. Mary has poems and essays published in journals such as Phoebe (The Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques), The South Carolina Review, Literal Latte, Mudfish, Book/Mark, and Hermenaut (The Journal of Heady Philosophy). She lives in New Mexico with her husband, archaeologist John McCray, and their two fur-kids. To connect with Mary visit her online at www.marymccray.com.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Projects. I've very project oriented. The project could be to learn how to do something, finish a book or complete a writing project, some have taken years. But my daily to-do lists fuel me forward. I'm highly motivated by scratching out all my day's assigned tasks. Short of having projects to finish, there's food. When my mother met my husband she said to him, "I don't know if you know this, but Mary is highly motivated by food." Sadly, the promise of being fed has gotten me sucked into baseball games, music festivals, audience survey panels and other fine boring things.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I were independently wealthy, I would take college art and literature classes full time for no reason. I feel this is my true calling, being a student. Any spare time I have, I'm trying to finish a stack of books, usually 4 at a time). After that, I'm trying to finagle trips out of our limited budget. Right now we live in New Mexico and so we're trying to spend available weekends visiting American Indian ruins, historical sites and quirky land formations.
Poems about the new frontier in space exploration and the ennui all explorers feel. The book comments on the scientific, psychological and spiritual frontiers enmeshed in our very human longing for space, including our dream of a space station on Mars.